Hibiscus Gose | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Hibiscus GoseHibiscus Gose

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 ounce bottle purchased from Boulevard and brought home. On to the beer:

Mixing orange with pink yields the beer's color, while above is a mindless half-inch of fuzzy and fizzy head. The smell of a pinch of salt, along with hibiscus and fruit punch, sets the table for pleasurably tart and fruity gose. The tartness is dry, with a wee note of hibiscus. Something fruity is taste, for the better, and a kiss of dough and caramel lets this gose off in a sweeter, less tart direction. The bubbly carbonation is welcome, and so is the light body, highlighting this honorable gose.

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Photo of eskildow
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is pink, just like a blush wine. For obvious reasons, it has a floral scent that is quite pleasant and rather light. The floral notes in the scent recede into the background in the flavour, playing behind a sour, citrussy taste. Oddly, it leaves almost no noticeable aftertaste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale pink-orange body, mildly hazy, fine streams of bubbles rise, fizzy pale pink head disappears entirely. Nose is mild, a bit flowery, some apricot and peach, a bit of vanilla? Flavor is somewhat mild but also has hibiscus, plenty of tartness, and a great crisp finish. Even for a delicate beer, I would like a bit more flavor. Light body, good zing of prickly carbonation, and highly refreshing.
I coulda used more flavor of some kind, but at least there wasn't anything artificial about it- good tradeoff. Love the tartness, this was a very good quencher beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Upland Brewing pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold, with a one-finger white head that fades very quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation. Some chunks of sediment settle slowly to the bottom of the glass.

S: Citric acid and lactic tartness. Cracker malts with a mild husky character, and a touch of perfumey flowers. I'm not always a fan of floral ingredients in my beer, but this isn't off-putting at all.

T: Follows the nose - the tartness, lactic acid, and the lemony citric bite. Very light cracker malt in the middle with essentially no husk flavor pulling through. Just a hint of flowery sweetness, plus some orange citrus shows up to sweeten the tartness. At the swallow there's a bit of savory salinity to suggest a gose as the style, but there isn't much salt here to my palate. The lactic dryness lingers for a bit after the swallow as well.

M: Light-bodied with good carbonation sensation. Minimal if any alcohol presence.

O: It's not bad. Certainly comes up short of my favorite American goses (Westbrook, Rapp, etc.). But for a widely distributed 12 oz. bottled offering in a six-pack, it's quite tasty and easy to drink. I don't get much wheat flavor in the malt bill…not sure if I'm missing it or what. But, an easy drinking tart beer being distributed in quantity...these are exciting times we live in!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy light pinkish orange with a medium creamy pinkish white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is slightly tart fruit with tea spices and a little salt.

The flavor is sweet and tart fruit with floral notes and some salt in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice gose with some tea spices.

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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I don't recall every having an hibiscus flower before, so I'm not sure that I really place that aroma. However, the aroma is interesting...fresh, with a sea-shore aroma and a floral note. The taste is tart, with fruit undertone and the salt is notable. Grass and grain are prominent. Medium-light in body. I really liked this.

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Photo of LF_Evan
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to brandy snifter

L: Rosy peach; some large sediment clusters. Lacing fades quickly in the snifter.
S: The
T: Medium tartness. The hibiscus complements the acid very well, as it has a similar lemony profile. A hint of floral character rounds out the palate before fading sharply to a surprisingly bready finish.
F: A pleasant rush of fine carbonation expected for the style. This is going to sound dumb, but it feels "wet", as if a non-sweet film covers the palate. An interesting canvas for the floral subtleties to play out over.
O: The resurrection of gose is real and I love it. This is another welcome take on the style. Great for enjoying during a breezy, sunny, late-spring afternoon.

Pair with buttered baguette, steamed crab legs, artichoke dip

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on-tap and was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, floral, it really is a well made unique beer. I am not a huge fan of the Gose style but this one was solid.

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pinkish/orange with almost no head. Fizzy looking like soda pop. Aroma of ripe fruit and a hint of funk. Taste is a sour blast up front, followed by some sweet citrus, then a bit of cracker flavor. The finish is super tart and sour. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a nice sour beer.

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Photo of mamabdw
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours slightly pinkish orange with very small, quickly dissipating head
Smell: Fruity and funky, notes of grapefruit. Hibiscus comes through pretty strong in aroma
Taste: Lightly sour with floral and citrus notes, slight salty taste at the end.
Feel: Crisp and well carbonated
Overall: Good springtime/summer beer, and a good starting place for those unsure about a sour or Gose style. Might be too floral for some, but it balances well with citrus notes.

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Photo of akolb
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Malt Beverage brewed with coriander, sea salt, and hibiscus flowers." Okay then, let's review this Malt Beverage. It has a tart, snappy aroma that makes you sit up straight. Pours a lovely red-orange with a thin head. The taste is nice and tart, with spice, fruit, and malt. Light bodied with assertive carbonation. This beer is seriously refreshing and has some nice flavors.

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Photo of Korrin
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: This gose is a strawberry blonde. It is very pretty to look at. Had a small head when first poured that quickly went away.

Aroma: Yeasty from the sour aspect, not really telling of the flavor.

Taste: While I've had little to say so far, its taste is great. There's no metallic after-taste that I've had with some goses and not overly sweet or floraly from the hibiscus.

Feel: Good easy drinking.

I was actually surprised with this beer with so many goses and sours becoming available and more abundant on the market. It is truly refreshing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Hibiscus Gose"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/15/16" on 04/26/16
$2.90 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Appearance: Mainly clear pinkish body beneath a short head of pinkish foam. Limited head retention and lacing as expected for the style.

Aroma: Mildly floral and plant-like. Acidic and mildly salty.

Flavor: The hibiscus comes through nicely, and the balance between tart acidity upfront and lightly sweet malt on the back-end is good. It's quite refreshing. Fruitiness is suggested but nothing specific comes through. The salt gets you on the sides of the tongue, and there's just a touch of spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Zippy acidity and a moderate carbonation lend a bristle to the front of the tongue. Light bodied.

Overall: Nicely done. Refreshing and nicely balanced.

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Photo of lic217
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pink/orange clear color, quick fading white head, no lacing
Smell: Bready, funky
Taste: Sour, tart, slightly citrus
Feel: Prickly carbonation
Overall: solid gose

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Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours golden body with white head with ok R&L
S: sour smelling; smells metallic
T: spur tasting with sour notes; slightly mild, but still sour
M: light bodied and crisp
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; decent

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Photo of hiphops
1.72/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

OVERALL -Not feeling it. rather drink a plain gose and a glass of hibiscus punch side by side
it stinks the hibiscus just waters down the beer. really disappointed. but then again i usually am by BOULEVARD brews.
LOOK- pale orange side of rose small head
SMELL- way too sweet. but somewhere in there you get sour wafts of salt and coriander.
TASTES- muted like someone mixed a gose with faintly scented hibiscus water. it isn't terrible and there is a hint of sourness but no salt in the finish at all. bit of an an unpleasant aftertaste actually. it just might as well be a regular tart fruit adjunct wheat beer
FEEL- like it tastes watered down needs more carb.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pink tinged orange body that is transparent. Drank this next to two other goses and this held head better but of course disappeared.

Hugely floral with the hibiscus. Nice to get hit with the advertised adjunct.

Light, bubbly, and dry. Lightest tartness and a little sweet. Kind of reminiscent of apple juice.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was good. The majority of the hibiscus character was perceived in the nose, to me anyway. The taste was good, tart and somewhat sweet in the front with some berries with a salt dry finish. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stang.
This beer reminds me of a rose' wine. Slight pinkish amber. Two finger whit head.
Smells of flowers and citrus. Maybe lemon. And raspberries.
Taste the floral in this beer. Hibiscus? That is what is in it, right? Citrus also and a little salt. I'm in heaven! I love it! Can't wait for summer to really crush some.
Nice carbonation and crispness. Like tannins in wine. Clean.
I love this beer! Will get more soon. Would recommend to any who likes gose and sours.

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Photo of acelin
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't get how anyone can say they like this beer. It's one of the worst I've ever had. I took one sip and poured the rest out. It doesn't taste like a gose, and doesn't really taste like a beer at all.

No thanks. To think this replaced Zon in their lineup... pathetic.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into home brew glass

A - 4 fingers white foam over a somewhat cloudy golden yellow body; high in visible carbonation

S - bittersweet, tart and flowery, almost a grapey smell; not sure how hibiscus smells, but I think the main thing I'm smelling is hibiscus

T - tart--almost sour, grapey/raspberry notes (I'm thinking that's the hibiscus), grass, touch of salt near the end, tartness fades away for a dry finish

M - light/medium body, highly carbonated (prickly), very tart!

O - The extreme tartness and high carbonation felt like a punch in the face. It's an interesting sensation, but not something I enjoy particularly in a beer. Tastes like a gose and the hibiscus flavor makes it interesting. This one's just not for me.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color into a tulip. Small head, quickly dissapates. Smells earthy, floral and tart. Taste is salty and sour. Not overly soured, and the salty earthyness mellows it out. Great clean finish. Lots of debris in the bottom of mh blass as well. Flower pedals maybe?

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Photo of Caveworm
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hibiscus Gose - Boulevard Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear orange-ish golden body.

Smells like a fair amount of the hibiscus, floral hops, and a smaller touch of salt for this style.

I taste a nice tart blend of the components described above, perhaps achieved by lactic acids from the yeast. A slightly fruity note arrives mid-palate and stays along for the remainder of the ride.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is lighter, fairly carbonated, and clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Hibiscus Gose - Boulevard Brewing Co. a 4.25. Now I'll come clean and tell you fellow BA's that I tried the first one out this six pack months ago& spit it out, drainpouring the rest of the bottle's contents. I now appreciate the unique elements of this brew and will probably pick it up again next season.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear orange-amber color with a 3/4" fluffy white head that soon recedes to a small ring and a patch of thin foam in the middle that also disappears fairly soon. Sipping produces a few streaks of lacing that slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include citric zest (lemon or grapefruit or a mix of both), coriander, wheat and some floral character (probably from the hibiscus... :-)).

The flavors include some gentle tartness from the lemon and grapefruit zest, some very slight salty character and what seems to be just a hint of coriander.

The mouthfeel is between light and medium with just a bit of prickliness from the light, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length with the tartness and bitterness disappearing first and then the light salt character, closing out with just a touch of dryness.

Overall this is a well made beer with lots of complexity in the flavors and aromas that make it worth having again. While this as been a day of moderate temperatures I could easily see having this beer on offer at a summer time backyard BBQ to provide a refreshing warm weather beverage for the guests.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected with the Hibiscus it leaves a rosy pink hue lighter than expected with yellow tint. Head faded fast within seconds.
S - It literally smells of salt and tart Gose not getting much flower or herbal aspects on this beer.
T - Slightly sour mostly salty with little to no spice bite. Still not bad for a Gose.
M - Crisp super easy to drink.

Overall not a super complex Gose but easy enough to drink.

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